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Nick Wagner / Forum News Service Mary Nelson sits with her dog, Muffin, inside her Fargo home on Friday. Nelson is a proponent of hospice after her experiences she had with the care network when her mother and husband were dying. Nelson was at the bedside of her husband, Donovon, while Muffin laid with him as he died under hospice care.

Hospice providers want to help patients sooner

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FARGO — When Donovon Nelson’s back problems started causing him to fall down, his wife, Mary, knew where he could get help.

She recommended Hospice of the Red River Valley, which eased her mother’s last weeks of life. Hospice staff members started visiting the Nelsons and did the same for Donovon, allowing him to stay out of a hospital or nursing home.

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